Historical records and property history

We explain how to do historical research about property records.

Minneapolis Development Review kiosk

You can use a kiosk in the lobby of Minneapolis Development Review to do historical research of property records.

Available records include:

  • Soil and piling reports
  • Certificates of occupancy from 1990 to the present
  • Oil burner permits
  • Building and remodeling permits from 1884 to the present
  • Permit Index Cards from 1884 to 1989
  • 1934 Land Survey records (The 1934 Land Surveys defines the use of a specific building at that point in time and provides information regarding occupancy or status of the building.)

The kiosk is available to the public during Service Center Hours.

Property information

The Property Information tool lets you search for public record information on:

  • Taxpayers and owners
  • Sales history
  • Assessed value history
  • Permits issued
  • Permit inspection histories

Search the Property Information tool

Lot surveys

Lot surveys (1916-1965) in microfilm format are available at the Downtown Minneapolis branch of the Hennepin County Public Library at 300 Nicollet Mall.

Hennepin County Library Special Collection department 

The Special Collections Department at the Downtown Minneapolis branch of the Hennepin County Public Library is also a good source for doing historical research on City properties.

Their collection includes:

  • Historical permit indexes
  • Lot surveys
  • House design information
  • Neighborhood historical information
  • Photographs
  • Building histories

The Hennepin County Public Library also has historical maps and plat books of Minneapolis and the surrounding area available online. These colorful maps are a great resource for anyone doing historical research on Minneapolis properties and structures.

The Hennepin County Library Special Collection Department asks that you contact them at least one day ahead of time to make an appointment if you have a reference question or a research project. 

View Special Collections location, hours and other contact information

Contact us

Minneapolis Development Review

Community Planning & Economic Development


Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 220
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Service Center hours
Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.